Russell Okung Injury: Updates on Seahawks Star's Shoulder and Return

Tim DanielsFeatured Columnist

September 4, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tackle Russell Okung (76) warms up before the game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Russell Okung suffered a dislocated shoulder during an NFC divisional-round loss to the Carolina Panthers, and he's set to undergo surgery.

Continue for updates.

Okung to Undergo Surgery

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Okung told teams "he will have surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder soon and should be cleared to return fully in [five] months," per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Okung expects to be back in June, according to La Canfora, and he would like to start talking to interested teams as a free agent soon.

Carroll Comments on Okung's Injury

Sunday, Jan. 17

Head coach Pete Carroll told reporters Okung dislocated his shoulder blocking a defensive end on a play that resulted in Russell Wilson's second interception of the day.

Okung Is a Major Piece of Seahawks Offense

Okung endured some up-and-down moments throughout the season on a line that's among the league's worst in pass protection, per Football Outsiders. With that said, he's still an important piece for the Seahawks between defending Wilson's blind side and his more consistent work as a run-blocker.

Injuries continue to make an impact on his career, though. He's never played all 16 games in a season since getting selected in the first round of the 2010 draft. That streak continued when he missed a game against the Dallas Cowboys earlier this season with an ankle injury. He also battled a calf issue recently.

Now, Okung will be able to recover during the offseason while the Seahawks prepare to make another run at a Super Bowl.